I was disappointed to find out that the NIV had gone gender neutral. If I had known that I would not have bought the bible. That is fine for a paraphrase version but not a serious translation. I have used the NIV for 30 years and have loved the zondervan study bible. To my way of thinking, going gender neutral is changing the basic meaning of the text. I am now using a more exact version and will no longer reccmmend the NIV
The quality and color of the cover and the thumb index are great. The size of the letters are just what I was looking for, the size of the bible itself was a good size. Unfortunately, the dark type was too dark (or paper too thin) and came through the pages so much it bothered my eyes reading it. I ended up returning this for a different bible. The return procedure was easy and efficient.